New Gazebo Plaques Honor Covington Eastside Advocates

The community gazebo at the River's Edge apartment development in Covington's Eastside now features plaques honoring advocates for the neighborhood.

The River's Edge Gazebo Planning Committee met off and on for nearly two years.

The project's objectives are to honor distinguished Covington citizens, particularly Eastside residents; to inspire the residents of River's Edge, the Eastside, and greater Covington; and to promote the ideals of those recognized and fostering an environment of understanding and inclusion.

Those honored on the plaques are:

Jacob Price, who was the namesake of the housing project that was razed and replaced by River's Edge. Price was a minister, businessman, and advocate for African-American youth in Covington. He lived from 1839 to 1923. The housing project bearing his name was built in 1939.

William Grant, was a lawyer, a businessman, and a Kentucky state representative. He deeded his own land for the construction of a school to serve the city's African-American community. A precursor to Lincoln-Grant School was first built in 1888. The current building, which is now operated as a Scholar House, was constructed in 1932. Grant lived from 1820 to 1882.

Frank Duveneck, was a renowned artist, sculptor, and teacher from Covington. He lived from 1848 to 1919.

Daniel Carter Beard, was the founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. He lived in Covington, on Third Street, and was an associate editor of Boy's Life magazine from 1914 to 1941. Beard also has a bridge named for him, connecting Newport to Cincinnati via I-471. He lived from 1850 to 1941.

Elizabeth Delaney, owned and operated a funeral home and was involved in the Colored Women Voters of Kenton County and the Kentucky Commission on Interracial Cooperation. She lived from 1882 to 1964.

Dr. James Randolph, was a physician in Covington's Eastside, and was the first African-American doctor on staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He lived from 1888 to 1981. 

Jane Whatley Summers, was the first African-American woman to manage Jacob Price Homes. She held that position for twenty-five years. Summers was also noted for fighting injustice, poverty, and disharmony. She lived from 1895 to 1992.

Alice Thornton Shimfessel, was the first secretary at Jacob Price Homes. She established a civic center on Bush Street and was president of the local NAACP and delegate to the Congress on Racial Equality. She lived from 1901 to 1983.

-Staff report

Photo provided by the Housing Authority of Covington